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Applying for a US Federal Government loan

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In order for the UQ Financial Aid Office to assess a student’s eligibility for US financial aid, the student will need to provide specific information to the US Department of Education as well as UQ.

Each student that would like to request US financial aid must complete the necessary financial aid paperwork via the steps below every academic year.

New students will need to complete prior to the commencement of their study at UQ.

When to apply

Dates for completion and submission of financial aid paperwork are:

  • Students commencing in Semester 1 – August 1 through October 31
  • Students commencing in Semester 2 – May 1 through June 30

How to apply

Step 1

Complete the following three US Federal Loan items (you should save a copy for your own records):

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – you will need to ensure that you list The University of Queensland (School code: G10692) on your FAFSA. This enables the Financial Aid Office to retrieve your information electronically. Be sure to keep a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR).

Entrance Counselling – this is a requirement for all students requesting a US Federal loan for the first time at UQ.

Stafford and/or PLUS Master Promissory Note (MPN) – you must complete the appropriate MPN. Dependent students may need to have a parent complete a Parent PLUS Loan MPN.

Step 2

Download our US Loan Request Form (PDF, 442KB), then email your completed form to financialaid@uq.edu.au

Please note: any changes you make to the online version will not be saved.

Step 3

Once the UQ Financial Aid Office has received all your documents your file will be assessed - this process can take up to 10 days. Once the assessment is complete, the Financial Aid Office will either advise you to provide additional information or provide you with a UQ Financial Aid Award Letter. You can even take a look at a sample loan letter (PDF, 225KB). You will need to review the information on your Award Letter to ensure everything is accurate.

Step 4

If you are satisfied with your Award letter, you can then submit a Bank Deposit Form (PDF, 201KB) indicating the bank account you would like the funds to go to. The completed form should be returned to financialaid@uq.edu.au.

For additional information on selecting a bank account please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Funds cannot be disbursed to the student until the first day of classes. As such, incoming UQ students cannot use their loans to pay for their tuition deposit when accepting their offer of admission to UQ. All students should have adequate personal funds available before you receive your US Financial Aid funds.

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